Samuel Abbott of Dover, New Hampshire, Boston, Massachusetts and Montpelier, Vermont.

Samuel Abbott was born May 14, 1791 in Concord, NH. He was the son of Stephen Abbott and Mary Giles. Samuel is first listed as a clockmaker in 1812 in the town of Dover, NH. It is in this small southeastern New Hampshire town that Samuel began his career as a clockmaker, watchmaker, silversmith, and jeweler. On March 5, 1813, Samuel married Jane Day of Concord, New Hampshire. Together they had two sons. Their son John Sullivan Abbott worked in Montpelier, Vermont in similar trades. The Abbott family moved from Dover to Boston, Massachusetts in about 1827. Here he is listed in the Boston Directories as a clockmaker in 1827 through 1830. In Boston, he is listed at several addresses: first at 11 Pitt Street, then 64 Hanover Street and lastly 33 Merrimack. In 1830, Samuel left Boston and moved North to Montpelier, Vermont. He first advertises himself as clock and watchmaker there in January 1830. In 1831-32 he formed a partnership with a Mr. Freeman as Abbott & Freeman. While in Montpelier, Samuel trained J. G. Hall as a clockmaker. Abbott was again listed in the New England Business Directories as watchmaker and jeweler at Montpelier in 1849 and in 1860. He lived there until his death on May 4, 1861 at the age 70. He is buried in the Green Mountian Cemetery in Montpelier, VT.

Examples of tall clocks, shelf clocks, New Hampshire mirror clocks, lyre wall clocks, and patent timepieces have been found. He is noted for his distinctive three-pillar, “grand piano” shaped timepiece movements. Many of these clocks are found with a teardrop shaped pendulum keystone. A watch paper also survives. It is in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA.

Samuel Abbott of Dover, New Hampshire. Tall clock featuring an inlaid cherry case.

This inlaid cherry case tall clock was made by the Clockmaker Samuel Abbott. Samuel Abbott was born in Dover, New Hampshire… read more